Yosemite History & Museums: Yosemite Museum & Indian Village


Yosemite Museum & Indian Village

The Yosemite Museum and Indian Village in Yosemite National Park, located next to the Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Valley, contains fascinating displays of the native Miwok and Paiute Indians. Read More

  • View fascinating displays of the Native Americans of Yosemite at the Yosemite Museum
  • Tour the reconstructed Indian Village of the Ahwahnee people
  • The museum is located in Yosemite Valley next to the visitor center
  • The museum and Indian village are open all year
  • Watch demonstrations of beadwork and basket weaving


The Yosemite Museum and Indian Village is a great family destination within Yosemite National Park, where you can learn more about the cultural history of the area and how the local peoples contributed to the region and the park itself. The museum offers the visitor a wide range of displays and activities that are sure to enrich the entire experience of visiting Yosemite.


The Yosemite Museum is located in Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, next to the Valley Visitor Center.

Contact information: 209-372-0200


The Yosemite Museum and reconstructed Indian Village of Ahwahnee are open all year. Hours for the museum can vary but are typically from 9 am to 4 pm daily. The Indian Village of Ahwahnee is always open.


Admission to the Yosemite Museum and Indian Village is free.

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The Yosemite Museum opened to the public in 1926. Ever since, it has had the purpose to preserve the heritage of the people who inhabited Yosemite, honoring their respect for the land and the wildlife. The displays and exhibits in the museum interpret the cultural history of the Native Americans who lived and worked here since the 1850s.

The Native American village behind the museum is modeled after the real village of the Ahwahnee. At certain times of year, you will enjoy seeing demonstrations of beadwork, basket weaving and the traditional games so popular with these people.